My love for a band that rescues me every day

A love letter to Elbow.

Dear Elbow,

You build me up, mellow me out, make me sing at the top of my lungs, and pick me up on the most down days.

You have been with me through the throes of new blossoming romances and the depths of pain of becoming a single mum. You are my constant. You ground me.

Your lyrics hit me in the heart — sometimes like a sledgehammer and something like a gentle feather.

You are already included in my wedding day even though I am single… I’ve already chosen my wedding song — One Day Like This, with the lyric of:

Laugh politely at repeats
Yeah, kiss me when my lips are thin

Kiss me even when I’m not smiling or not engaged. Laugh politely even when I’m repeating myself and you have heard all of the stories before.

Or the comfortable and secure love of My Trouble:

Our love is these days’ piano. Oh, there’s oceans of tea. And years of TV

On the days when I don’t feel like myself, I blast you in the car…I sing, I sometimes cry, I smile and I laugh.

I remember fond times of living in Manchester and sometimes catching occasional glimpses of you in bars; never having the courage to say hello. Oh I regret that now living across the other side of the world in Australia.

I dream of visiting New York alone and listening to ‘New York Morning’ and knowing I have a friend/s.

Oh my God, New York can talk
Somewhere in all that talk is all the answers
Everybody owns the great ideas
And it feels like there’s a big one round the corner

I know this might seem like a lot of responsibility but you are my therapist. All the times I feel unsettled I go back to you. Like an anchor in a rocky ocean, you keep me just right. A little sway here and there but not moving too far.

You make me think. You make me remember. You make me want to be more…to be more whole.

During the most recent covid-19 pandemic you played live every Friday and I looked forward to it — a routine of normalcy in a crazy world! You made me smile when all around was crashing down.

I play you to all my friends…none of them seem to get it. They don’t understand my love.

Thank you for all you do.

Kind regards

Natalie xxx

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